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AGR1101 Animal Health, Welfare and Behaviour

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Jazmine Skinner


An understanding of animal health, welfare and behaviour is critical to maintaining efficiencies in agricultural systems. Knowledge of livestock welfare, sources of animal stress and disease causes, and controls affect farm productivity, product quality and farm safety. Societal expectations of animal treatment are now impacting directly on agricultural market access. The welfare of both native and feral animals is vital to controlling disease in production landscapes as well as ensuring their continued sustainability.

This course examines key aspects of livestock health, welfare & behaviour in light of their impacts on productivity, product quality, farm safety and animal ethics. Historical and current approaches to animal welfare are evaluated. The impacts of farming environments on animal stress are considered. The diagnosis and control of diseases in livestock and wild animals are explored in detail.

This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. compare and evaluate historical & current approaches to animal welfare;
  2. assess the impact of agricultural environments on animal stress;
  3. discuss the principles of disease identification & control in production animals;
  4. evaluate the impact of wildlife and feral animal welfare on agricultural systems;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Animal welfare: historical & current concepts 25.00
2. Animal stress behaviour 25.00
3. Production animal diseases 30.00
4. Welfare in wildlife & feral animals 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Literature review No 25 1
Assignments Written Report No 25 3
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 10 February 2023